This image and featured image: Meaghan Grace Hinkis as Clara in The Nutcracker, The Royal Ballet ©ROHTristram Kenton, 2013. Image by AKA ©ROH 2016

THE NUTCRACKER from Royal Opera House Live screens for a limited 3 day season in December.    The Royal Opera House celebrates ten years of live cinema broadcasts in 2018, leading the way in delivering world-class opera and ballet around the world. The 2017/18 Season was the Royal Opera House’s most successful cinema season to date with more than one million tickets sold globally.

A young girl’s enchanted present leads her on a wonderful Christmas adventure in this beautiful classical ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score.

The young Clara creeps downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her favourite present – a Nutcracker doll. But the mysterious magician Drosselmeyer is waiting to sweep her off on a magical     adventure. After defeating the Mouse King, the Nutcracker and Clara travel through the Land of Snow to the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy treats them to a wonderful display of dances. Back home, Clara thinks she must have been dreaming – but doesn’t she recognize Drosselmeyer’s nephew?

Peter Wright’s nigh-on definitive production for The Royal Ballet ranks as one of the most enduring and enchanting versions of The Nutcracker. With its festive period setting, dancing snowflakes and enchanting stage magic, Lev Ivanov’s 1892 ballet has become the perfect Christmas entertainment, with Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous, sugar-spun music the most recognizable of all ballet scores.

Loosely based on the story by E.T.A. Hoffmann, the ballet opens with a lively Christmas party, its Victorian setting captured in opulent detail by Julia Trevelyan Oman’s designs. Wright’s choreography ingeniously incorporates surviving fragments of the ballet’s original material, including the sublime pas de deux for the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Prince. But in emphasizing the relationship between Clara and the Nutcracker Prince, the production also gains  a touching subtext of first love.

The magical Christmas adventure and Tchaikovsky’s ravishing score perfectly conveys the magic of Clara’s adventure with her enchanted Nutcracker.  See the trailer for this magnificent production here.

THE NUTCRACKER from Royal Opera House Live, distributed by Trafalgar Releasing will screen 22, 23 and 24 December, 2018.  Participating Event Cinemas in Sydney are : Campbelltown, Castle Hill, Cronulla, Beverly Hills, Bondi Junction, Burwood, Macquarie.

With thanks to Trafalgar releasing, Sydney Arts Guide has two double passes to a screening of Royal Opera House Live's THE NUTCRACKER, on your choice of December 22,23 OR 24, 2018.

To be in the running, email ( 
with THE NUTCRACKER  as the subject AND your full name and address.

Competition closes COB on Wednesday December 12, 2018 when the winners will be drawn. Only the winners will be notified and the passes will be posted by the promoter.
Nicol Edmonds, Ryoichi Hirano, Melissa Hamilton and Johannes Stepanek (in the Arabian Dance) The Royal Ballet At the Royal Opera House, London, UK ;
Credit: Tristram Kenton / Royal Opera House / ArenaPAL ;


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